27 November, 2015 - NME.com
Jack Garratt has been announced as this year's winner of the Brits Critics' Choice Award.
The Brits Critics' Choice Award tips the best newcomer of the year, as chosen by a panel of music industry experts and tastemakers ahead of the annual Brit Awards ceremony.
Previous winners of the prize include Adele, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell, Sam Smith and James Bay.
Beating fellow nominees Frances and Izzy Bizu to the award, the multi-instrumentalist said of his win: "I am so humbled to have received this year’s Brits critics’ choice award... To have been given this award is truly mind-blowing, considering I am one name in a hugely exciting time for music in this country. Thank you to everyone who voted, it means so much to me."
Garratt recently announced the details of his debut album ‘Phase’, which will be released early next year.
‘Phase’ will be released on February 19 via Island Records and will feature previous single ‘Weathered’ as well as ‘The Love You’re Given’ and ‘Chemical’. The album was recorded predominantly at Limbo Studios, London.
The album is Garratt's first and follows the EPs ‘Syenthesiac’ and ‘Remnants’, both of which were released in the last 12 months.
In addition to the album plans, Garratt has announced a brand new live date at London’s Brixton Academy. The show will take place next year on April 15.
Jack Garratt spoke to NME earlier this year and revealed that he was a once a losing finalist at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Hear him talk about that below.